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    Let's say furnace was leaking for whatever reason and filled the house with gas. I'd imagine with such a high concentration, almost anything electrical could have sparked ignition couldn't it?.
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    So could we say that a 90%er with a piped intake and exhaust would prevent a gas buildup inside the home if it was the gas valve?

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    So far this is just 1 possibility. The ex husband commented that his daughter reported that the furnace was out. Later it was working. This theory has not come from one of the many officials from many jurisdictions investigating the explosion. I don't think they even know which house went first since there 3 in a row leveled.

    From the public safety director: "It appears so far, he said, that natural gas played a role in the blast, but it’s not yet clear whether it was an accident or whether it was intentionally set."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaldLoonie View Post
    So far this is just 1 possibility. The ex husband commented that his daughter reported that the furnace was out. Later it was working. This theory has not come from one of the many officials from many jurisdictions investigating the explosion. I don't think they even know which house went first since there 3 in a row leveled.

    From the public safety director: "It appears so far, he said, that natural gas played a role in the blast, but it’s not yet clear whether it was an accident or whether it was intentionally set."
    Exactly the point I tried to make earlier
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdblack View Post
    So could we say that a 90%er with a piped intake and exhaust would prevent a gas buildup inside the home if it was the gas valve?

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    Have you ever had a GV fail open? I've seen some bleed by but to create such a large explosion you need a ton of fuel. In answer to your theory, it makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    Have you ever had a GV fail open? I've seen some bleed by but to create such a large explosion you need a ton of fuel. In answer to your theory, it makes sense.
    Negative I've not had one fail open but I'm still a greenhorn

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaldLoonie View Post
    So far this is just 1 possibility. The ex husband commented that his daughter reported that the furnace was out. Later it was working. This theory has not come from one of the many officials from many jurisdictions investigating the explosion. I don't think they even know which house went first since there 3 in a row leveled.

    From the public safety director: "It appears so far, he said, that natural gas played a role in the blast, but it’s not yet clear whether it was an accident or whether it was intentionally set."
    So what would cause a furnace to intermittently function? A SV9500.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdblack View Post
    So what would cause a furnace to intermittently function? A SV9500.....

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    A homeowner with enough knowledge to make him dangerous
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    jdblack, I have ZERO experience in residential. In the restaurant business there are many ,shall I say, cheap individuals running these establishments. Many restaurant owners think because a cook can turn an appliance on, he can also fix it. Especially on the hot side. Once the cook has broken the appliance beyond belief, they call us. The cooks watch us do our work and think they can do it themselves and be heros. I bet you resi guys have homeowners standing over your shoulders more often than not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    .. I bet you resi guys have homeowners standing over your shoulders more often than not.
    Yeah but they don't follow me into crawlspaces or 120 degree attics


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    The family home had a 1950s boiler. Late 80s, my Dad was home and the old boiler started rockin & rollin' and the house was becoming an oven. The gas valve stuck on. Now my Dad could barely figure out what end of a screwdriver to hold but he did manage to get the gas shut off. But that was way before modern safe gas valves were invented. Haven't heard of a redundant valve sticking open. Yes, heard of a few bleeding by but not enough to cause any problem, just a little odor.

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    if it's a modern furnace, my guess would be a newbie installed a gas retrofit kit

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    The house was for sale until early this year when they gave up.

    The kids were at a friends house

    The mom and boyfriend were at a casino and just happen to have videotaped alibis

    The cat was being boarded. Who boards a cat for a night out? Leave it food and water and they're good for a few days.

    The owner of the house (her ex) owes two mortgages on it, and isn't allowed near it due to a restraining order

    The owner tried to file bankruptcy to get out of the mortgages but was denied.

    Nothing suspicious here, move along




    Somehow I suspect there will be a very interesting follow up in a few weeks.

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